Latest Rail News

Light rail won't be operational until May, yet many local residents already want it extended, The Virginian-Pilot
 reports. A recent survey of local attitudes found that more than 91 percent of respondents want to see light rail go beyond Norfolk's 7.4-mile starter line.

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BNSF and the State of Illinois have reached a preliminary agreement on how to spend $45 million in state funds to upgrade the rail network at Galesburg, Ill., to help passenger and freight trains operate efficiently on the shared track system, The Journal of Commerce reports.

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One of Canada's oldest industries could open new markets to Asia without the need for an expensive or controversial pipeline to the West Coast, executives from both major railroads said, the Calgary Herald reports.

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A Mississippi man is concerned about a railroad bridge he believes is too dangerous for trains to cross, local television news reports. Adam Webb visits the Coldwater River often, and is fearful of a bridge located along Highway 178 in Olive Branch, Miss. Webb believes the bridge is going to collapse under the weight of a train.

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The town of Middlebury, Vt., is applying for a $15,000 federal grant to plan for a local, passenger rail station in anticipation of ramped-up train service along the western part of the state, the Addison Independent reports.

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The December 6 opening of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Rail Green Line means more than just transportation from 15 new locations, it is the addition of 15 new pieces to the transit agency's acclaimed public art collection.

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Los Angeles' Metro will hold a Community Open House on December 1, in the City of Hawthorne, Calif., to update the community on various proposed sites for a maintenance facility selected for environmental review as part of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project light rail line.

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A deteriorated CTA bridge on the Red Line has an important story to tell about the health of the rail system's viaducts, the Chicago Tribune reports. Each day, thousands of CTA elevated trains operate across 564 bridges, many 80-to-100 years old.

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In July 2005, former Sioux Falls, S.D., Mayor Dave Munson stood on the east bank of the Big Sioux River near the white monolith of the abandoned Zip Feed Mill, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports. He looked west toward downtown and at rows of railroad tracks before him and imagined the future. In his mind, new retail, residential, commercial and entertainment development enlivened the east bank. The tracks were gone.

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The following closure is required to perform construction related to the supporting piers for the new Metrorail extension in the Miami area: Two-month closure of SR 112/Airport Expressway westbound exit ramp to NW 27th Avenue.

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